Watu Lawang Beach in Gunung Kidul Regency, Yogyakarta Special Region


Being one of the best beaches in Gunung Kidul Regency, Watu Lawang never fails to amuse visitors. The location is in Tepus Sub-District and it is located between two famous beaches called Pok Tunggal and Indrayanti. The beach’s prime beauty is the formation of coral rocks, which are scattered in many parts of the shoreline. Aside from that, both the facility and environment are good enough to spend a family recreation. The fact many locals often come to the beach to perform a ritual, which also becomes another allure for tourists.

The Nuance
In terms of beauty, Watu Lawang Beach is indeed astonishing. The brownish white sandy shoreline welcomes everyone with its soft texture. The landscape is sloping and the nuance feels so comfy. Thanks to the warm breezy wind. However, the weather becomes hot at noon, so tourists must wear a hat or sunglasses when beach walking at the time. As for the sea, the waves are indeed big. Next, the beach features some facilities like huts, benches, local eateries, and toilets. A green hill also resides on the edge of the shoreline, actually. Also, tourists would find a cave, which is used by the locals for rituals.

Exploring Watu Lawang Beach
For the information, Watu Lawang Beach consists of two parts. The first one is located in the west, which features a short shoreline and the famous sacred cave. Another area is located in the east, which comes with a wider shoreline. For the best tourist activities and water sports, people should choose the east one, though. In this area, they can also take advantage of numerous facilities and buy some foods from the locals.

However, those who want to watch the ritual must head to the west part of Watu Lawang Beach. This one features a cave, used by villagers to perform Nyadran Ceremony. One thing, this ritual only occurs at a specific time, so tourists must find the schedule first if they want to watch it. According to the locals, the ceremony happens only during Syaban month of Hijri calendar. In fact, the door entrance of the cave only opens at the time. Actually, the name of the cave is Watu Lawang, which is used to name the beach as well. “Watu” means stone while “Lawang” means door.

The next allure in Watu Lawang Beach is definitely the sun view. In order to enjoy the panorama, tourists should come either in the morning or afternoon. The purpose is to witness either sunrise or sunlight. Also, it is recommended to carry a camera, so everyone can take photos of the sun at those perfect moments.

Nearby Attractions

  • Tenggole Beach
  • Pok Tunggal Beach
  • Pondok Songo Hill

How to Get There
For outsiders, the best way to reach Yogyakarta City is indeed by airplane. From Jakarta City, for example, tourists can take an airplane at Soekarno – Hatta International Airport and head to Adisucipto Airport right away. In normal weather, this flight may take around 1 hour and 10 minutes. After reaching the airport, tourists can simply take Nasional III Street and head to Gunung Kidul Regency. The distance is 44.8 km, so the trip may take around 1 hour and 9 minutes. From Gunung Kidul, they should take Tepus Street and get to the beach immediately. This trip may take about 42 minutes, as the distance is 19.8 km.

Where to Stay

  • Radika Inn Paradise
  • Joglowatukelir Inn
  • Segoro Katon Inn


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